Carlo A. Sperati Award

Carlo A. Sperati, a pillar of Luther College and a pillar of the Lutheran music tradition, was the conductor of the Luther College Concert Band from 1905 – 1943. During his time at Luther, he led the Concert Band on extended European tours, helping it win international acclaim. In the spirit of this great man, Luther College is pleased to honor an alum each year who as an instrumental music educator has enjoyed a most distinguished career and has made a most significant contribution to Luther College. An award winner is chosen each year by a Luther College instrumental faculty nomination process and selection panel. Luther College is pleased to announce Dan Mollick ‘00 as the recipient of the 2020 Carlo A. Sperati Award.

Dan Mollick has brought an energetic, positive and student-centered teaching philosophy to students of all backgrounds, ages, and skill levels during his twenty-year plus career as a music educator. He has taught in many public school districts including Minneapolis, Bloomington, Manhattan Beach (Los Angeles), Minnetonka and currently teaches orchestra at Valley View Middle School in Edina, Minnesota. In addition to his orchestras at Valley View, he also leads the school Equity Student Leadership Team and GSA. Dan is currently a National Board for Professional Teaching Standards candidate.

Dan is in his seventh season as conductor of GTCYS' (Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphony) Concertino West Orchestra where he has had the privilege of collaborating with the Hmong Community Center (St. Paul), Somali Museum of Minnesota Dance Troupe (Minneapolis), and Mariachi Mi Tierra (Minneapolis). Dan writes for String Notes Journal and has presented at the Minnesota String Teachers Association Summer Workshop and the Minnesota Music Educators Midwinter Clinic.

Dan attended Luther where he graduated with a B.A. in music. While at Luther, he participated in Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, and Collegiate Choir and studied with Dr. Edward Gant (cello) and Dr. John Strauss (piano). He then earned a M.M. in Music Education from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He continues to study cello and his influential teachers post-college include Sevan Pegosyan and Mina Fisher.

In his spare time, Dan enjoys playing cello, reading, traveling, and spoiling his nephews and nieces. He lives in St. Louis Park with his husband, Greg, who is a flutist in the Minnesota Orchestra.